This just in from Finch & Fork, 31 W Carrillo Street:

“Sophistication meets comfort in the form of a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at Finch & Fork. Guests will be greeted with Warm Breads with maple butter and apple jam for the table. Starters and entrees feature fresh choices from Chef Siao, like Asparagus Crostone with house made ricotta and pear-bacon chutney, Roast Turkey Breast with sour cream whipped potatoes, crispy walnut stuffing, country gravy, roasted baby carrots, and cranberry compote, and Sea Bass with butternut squash puree, caper brown butter, roasted cauliflower and lemon. Seasonally themed desserts, like Pumpkin Cheesecake and Baked Apple Bread Pudding, round out the meal. Dinner is $80 per person and will be served from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kids 12 and under $40.”

31 West Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Reservations: 805-879-9100

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This just in from Dargan’s 18 E. Ortega Street:

Hey John,

Paul Dargan here, just wanted to drop a note and ask you to add us to the list of Restaurants open on Thanksgiving serving Turkey Irish Style (with a six pack of Guinness !!).

Other stuff: We have the NFL ticket and show all the games on Sundays (open 10am), also serving late night bites Fri and Sat till 1am.

Hope all is well

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This just in from C’est Cheese, 825 Santa Barbara Street:

Hi John,

I saw that you were compiling a list of restaurants that are offering Thanksgiving Dinner and I would love it if you could include what we’re offering this year:  C’est Cheese is providing a Thanksgiving Trimmings Box that contains all of the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes such as pancetta bread stuffing, cranberry compote, root vegetable gratin, gravy, butternut squash soup and more!  We’ve also got dessert covered as well, our amazing pastry kitchen will be baking Traditional Apple Pies as well as Pumpkin Cheesecakes.  And to top it all off, we’ll be getting in (uncooked) Diestel Farms Free Range turkeys as well!  I’ve attached a flyer with all of the details and here is a link to our website where you can order.

Thanks John and have a great Thanksgiving!

Michael Graham
C’est Cheese

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This just in from Petit Valentien, 1114 State St:

Petit Valentien restaurant will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving for dinner also on Christmas day for dinner.

Chef Rob Dixon

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Readers Ray and Henri let me know that Crazy Good Bread at 4191 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria has closed. Henri sent me a photo of a sign on their window that reads:

“Dear Devoted Customers,

It is with great regret that we are closing our doors. After a wonderful few years of being a part of the Carpinteria community, we are sorry to put an end to our business. We have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support of this community, especially over the last few weeks as word has spread that we are closing. Your dedication, generosity, and support are a treasured part of our experience here. Thank you for making a difference in our journey!!

Very truly yours,
The Crazy Good Bread Team”






Here is a list of all local food establishments that have opened in the last year:

  • October 2015: Caffe Primo, 516 State St.; Farmer Boy, 3427 State St.; Kanaloa Seafood Kitchen & Market, 715 Chapala St.; Kimchi Korean Restaurant, 3132 State St.; Lucky Dragon, 6831 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Nectar, 20 E. Cota St.; Zizzo’s Caffe & Brew Pub (inside Ice in Paradise), 6985 Santa Felicia Dr., Goleta
  • September 2015: Kol’s Cafe, 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista; On the Alley, 7038 Marketplace Dr, Goleta
  • August 2015: Crushcakes, 5392 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Rebar Coffee, 214 State St.
  • July 2015: Globe, 18 E. Cota St.; Los Altos, 318 N. Milpas St.; The Fig Grill, 5940 Calle Real, Goleta; The Nugget, 21 W. Victoria St.
  • June 2015: Dawn Patrol, 324 State St; Haggen, 163 S. Turnpike Rd., Goleta; Haggen, 2010 Cliff Dr.; Haggen, 3943 State St.; Haggen, 850 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; I’a Fish Market and Café, 38 W. Victoria St.; Yoichi’s, 230 E. Victoria St.
  • May 2015: Crushcakes & Cafe, 1150 Coast Village Rd. (now closed), Montecito; Jersey Mike’s Subs, 3325 State St.
  • April 2015: Haggen, 165 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta; Merci To Go, 1024 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Nuance, 119 State St.; OTaco, 6530 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista; PizzaRev, 12 W. De La Guerra St.; Sublime, 901 N. Milpas St.; The Mex Authentic, 413 State St.
  • March 2015: 416 State, 416 State St.; East Beach Tacos, 226 S. Milpas St.; Las Brasas Mexican Grill, 5915B Calle Real, Goleta; Live Oak Cafe, 2220 Bath St.; Sushi Cafe, 28 W. Figueroa St.; Terraza Café, 3007 De la Vina St.
  • February 2015: Cielo Bar and Grill, 5096 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria; The Honor Bar, 1255 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Yume Sushi, 428 Chapala St.
  • January 2015: La Hacienda, 298 Pine Ave., Goleta; La Mission Cafe (Airport Downstairs), 500 Fowler Rd.; Lilac Patisserie, 1017 State St.; Santorini Island Grill, UCSB Ucen; Shalhoob Meat Co. Patio, 220 Gray Ave.
  • December 2014: Kyle’s Kitchen, 5723 Calle Real, Goleta; Patxi’s Pizza, 515 State St.; Pizza Hut, 915A Calle Real, Goleta.
  • November 2014: Freeman’s Flying Chicken, 3400 Calle Real (Earl Warren); Tino’s Italian Grocery, 210 West Carrillo St.
  • October 2014: Aladdin Café, 938 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista; Barbareño, 205 W. Canon Perdido St.; Los Agaves, 7024 Market Place Dr., Goleta; Tri Tip Company, 214 State St. (now closed); Yellow Belly, 2611 De La Vina St.
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Next week The Restaurant Guy will be publishing the annual guide to restaurants offering a traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving Day.

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This just in from Andrea Hollingshead, General Manager of Relais de Paris, 734 State Street: “I just wanted to reach out and let you know that Relais de Paris is back open! I would like to let you know we will be open for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve.”



The Hungry Cat restaurant at 1134 Chapala Street is offering a deep-fried Thanksgiving turkey to-go. The 10-12 pound turkey serves 8 and orders must be completed by Sunday, November 22. Pick up on Thanksgiving Day at an arranged time. Cost $75. The restaurant will also be serving a complete Thanksgiving Day Dinner on Thursday, November 26, created by Chef David Lentz and Chef de Cuisine Peter Cham, featuring holiday classics with a touch of Maryland and optional à la carte selections from The Hungry Cat ocean-fresh Raw Bar. The Hungry Cat Deep Fried Turkey is served with hearty helpings of Grapefruit and Cranberry Compote; Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Roasted Hard Squash with Black Pepper Meringue; and Sautéed Blue Lake Beans with Fried Shallot & Chick Pea Crumble. For dessert, there is a choice of Pumpkin Pot De Crème with Spiced Pecan Streusel, Vanilla Cream or Pecan “Pie” Bar with Chocolate Ganache and Italian Meringue.

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Last week a reader informed me that Carl’s Jr. on upper State Street would be closing by the end of the year. I called Carl’s Jr. and was told that they are not closing but are in lease negotiations. Today an Edhat subscriber says that Carl’s Jr is closing.



Mario and Lani Medina have owned and operated Mulligans Cafe & Bar at 3500 McCaw Avenue since December 1993. The Medinas will be opening a new restaurant on December 7th named High Sierra Grill & Bar at 521 Firestone Road in Goleta, the former home of The Elephant Bar.



During renovations of the kitchen of Palazzio restaurant at 1026 State Street water damage was discovered which will likely keep the restaurant closed through the end of the year.

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I was checking out the new Ice in Paradise ice skating rink in Goleta with my wife and my future NHL star son when I noticed a sign indicating that the Zizzo’s Caffe & Brew Pub has opened inside the Ice in Paradise building, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, espresso & coffee-based drinks, hot chocolate, local craft beer and premium wine.

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I was at The Habit 5735 Hollister Avenue, ordering a char burger with cheese, grilled onions and a side of sweet potato fries, when I noticed a sign that read:

“Try our new tempura fried green beans. Fresh-cut green beans battered and flash fried to perfection. $3.25”



This just in from reader Cris:

“Hi John, I think you mentioned a rumor of a Chinese restaurant replacing Los Tarascos old spot, now there’s a banner up for ‘China King.’ They were working on the inside this morning.”

What’s interesting is that spot had been a Chinese restaurant for years (Fortune Garden) before trying a 5-year run as a Mexican restaurant. What’s old is new.



Reader Cris is on a roll today by also pointing out that the web site for the forthcoming Hollister Village near Camino Real Marketplace has announced a new tenant: Dickey’s BBQ Pit.

Whaddya say reader Rex Of SB?



I was driving east along upper State Street and happened to notice a small piece of paper on the window at iGrill Korean BBQ 3132 State Street. I did a quick turn around next to Mackenzie Market and pulled along side the curb to get a closer look. The paper read: “iGrill Korean BBQ is now officially closed. Kimchi Korean Restaurant will be reopening on Tuesday, October 27th at 11:30 a.m. with an all-new All You Can Eat Korean menu!!!” iGrill Korean BBQ opened in December 2012.



Caffe Primo at 516 State Street, formerly Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, opened for business on today. I previously reported that the restaurant originally planned to open in mid-September but was held up by necessary permits for the patio. Caffe Primo offers dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m. and will roll out breakfast and lunch in the coming weeks.

The dinner menu offers shared plates (blackened brussel sprouts, caprese, bruchetta pomodoro, antipasto misto plate, Sicilian meatballs, seared garlic shrimp, crispy calamari, grilled broccolini, lamb sausage, squash blossoms, truffle fries), pasta (spaghettini pomodoro, lasagna al forno, spaghetti carbonara, spinach tortellini, rigatoni amatriciana, fusilli maria, short rib pappardelle, spaghetti puttanesca, cheese ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, gemelli genovese, bucatini napoli, fettucine chicken mushroom alfredo, linguini with clam sauce), pizza (marinara, margherita, pepperoni, Italian sausage, BBQ chicken, roasted veggie, wild mushroom, white truffle, prosciutto) along with a variety of salads and house specials. Call 845-9301.

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A reader sent me the following question: “The Culture Counter at the Santa Barbara Public Market was closed in the middle of the day Friday last week. Have they gone out of business?” I was unsuccessful at reaching Culture Counter, which offers a curated selection of cheeses and meats, so I called their neighbor, the popular Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar. A representative of EBGNB told me that Culture Counter at 38 W Victoria Street is no longer in business.



Reader Chris let me know that Savor Santa Barbara‘s web site has a message for you:

Dear friends,

The shortest way to put this is just this – Savor Santa Barbara Food Tours, Inc., will no longer be running tours in Santa Barbara. This was a long, and difficult decision. We, Erin and Sara, the founders, considered the business to be incredibly fun, and successful. We would like to thank all of you – past guests, future guests, friends, and family for the incredible support you have shown us throughout this adventure. We would also very much like to thank our vendors, who were willing to take a huge chance on us, and the whole concept of a food tour. It is most obvious that the Lower State Street/Funk Zone Food Tour would not have been the great success it was without you!

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment that this may cause. If you are traveling to Santa Barbara, please feel free to sample the amazing food and drink that the Lower State Street/Funk Zone Food Tour did. You can find a list of our tasting locations, along with what we were tasting, on our Locations and Lunch page.

During your stay in this beautiful city, we sincerely hope that you can truly Savor Santa Barbara!

Erin and Sara

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Pascucci owner Laura Knight let me know the restaurant is now offering a discount for Goleta residents who dine at the 729 State Street location until the new Pascucci opens in Camino Real Marketplace in December:

HI John

We are getting excited about our new (2nd) location opening in Goleta in the Camino Real Center, we are anticipating to open sometime in December!

Until we open, to get Goleta residents looking forward to our new location, we are offering a discount to Goletans, just show us your drivers license with a Goleta zip code, and your entire bill for the table will be discounted, 15% off Sunday-Thursday, and 10% off Friday & Saturday (not valid on lunch and dinner specials, these are already a great deal!)

Laura Knight



Silvergreens restaurant at 791 Chapala Street just started serving Kyle’s Kitchen burgers, fries and milkshakes:

“It has been great to see the community support for the Goleta restaurant,” said Jay Ferro, Founder/President of Kyle’s Kitchen. “By offering Kyle’s menu, in addition to Silvergreens sandwiches, salads and bowls, we think it combines the best of both restaurants into a single location. Silvergreens has always been a destination for delicious food that’s both healthy for you and aligned with your values. We are just as passionate about REAL food as we are about supporting our local community and giving back. Now, every time someone chooses a Kyle’s menu item at Silvergreens on Chapala, we will donate a portion of the proceeds back to our special needs community. We think the extra donations from Silvergreens can really help the local special needs organizations. At Kyle’s Kitchen, we set a goal of giving back $50,000 to the special needs community in 2015 and are almost there! From a menu standpoint, we’re really excited about the options now available for our guests. In our quest for simplicity, we removed breakfast for the time being, lowered a lot of prices, and also make it very easy to add on proteins to different flavored salads and bowls. The old “Half & Half” is now the “Pair It!” like Kyle’s, but has more options. Our beverage menu now includes milkshakes, which are a favorite at Kyle’s Kitchen. The new kids menu is a great combination of favorite items from both restaurants.”

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Fresh & Easy has announced that it will be closing all their locations, including their Santa Barbara store which opened June 2012. The 336 North Milpas Street store was a brand-new facility that was built from the ground up, specifically for Fresh & Easy.



This just in from event center specialist Warren Butler:

“Hello John, I am taking over the old Tony Rays (Killer B’s) spot adjacent to De la Guerra Plaza, across from City Hall. It is called ‘Warren B’s’ It is an event and meeting space similar to what I have done with The Butler Event Center [at the former Sizzler in Goleta] and The Montecito Event Center [at the former Café del Sol in Montecito]. It has a commercial kitchen available for caterers. It is open for business. We are taking bookings now, especially in time for the holidays. I can be contacted at 805-705-7488 or I have a signed lease as of 10/4/15. Great place to have an event then stroll downtown. Also Nippers Club is up and running at the Montecito event Center the third Friday of every month. First one was sold out a week in advance.”



Reader Scott let me know that The Crocodile Restaurant and Bar in the Lemon Tree Inn won First Place for Best Clam Chowder in the 2015 Santa Barbara Chowderfest at The Fess Parker Doubletree.



Farmer Boy is back. Way back. Last year the family behind Brophy Bros. purchased Farmer Boy restaurant at 3427 State Street from Ralph Karleskint who opened the eatery in 1958. After closing April 30, 2014 for a complete remodel the Bennett family finally reopened the restaurant last week. Regulars will be happy to know that Farmer Boy looks much the same: a counter is still the centerpiece. Even the original hanging lamps are still there. During reconstruction crews removed the drywall and discovered a 1950’s-era wood paneling with silver-colored “bow tie” ornaments. They decided to reproduce that look at the front and back of the restaurant. “We really tried to keep the integrity of what Ralph did in 1958,” says manager & part owner Danny Quinn, who spent many years at the Farmer Boy as a kid in the late 1980s and early 1990s while his mother worked at the counter.

Though the menu is new, one item made a triumphant return: the popular over-sized cinnamon roll. The Restaurant Gal and I ordered one on their last day in business in 2014. I plan to return with her and the Restaurant Kid (who arrived while Farmer Boy was away) to let the little one give it a try.

I am told that former owner Karleskint has visited the restaurant a few times since it reopened. Customer Claudia Lash was leaving as I arrived to check out the new digs and she told me it was her 5th day in a row to eat at Farmer Boy. Lash told me to tell you that the Chicken-Fried Biscuit Sliders with Gravy are amazing and that she ordered it the last three days in a row. Lash’s friend Pat Lupo tells me that the Chicken Club Wrap is huge and terrific. Further down the menu I found a hidden gem: you get unlimited refills of genuine Green Star Coffee for just $1.50.

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This just in from reader Jim:

Hi John,

I stopped by Farmer Boy yesterday and they are open for business.


The 3427 State Street business closed in late 2014 for remodeling.



Last August Kanaloa Seafood Market moved from their long-time home at 618 East Gutierrez Street to 715 Chapala Street. Readers Carol and Bruce let me know that this week the business was renamed Kanaloa Seafood Market & Kitchen to coincide with its launch of lunch and dinner service. They now offer lunch and starting Friday, October 16 Kanaloa will include dinner and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. offering a menu that includes Caesar Salad, Clam Chowder, House Salad (add grilled/blackened salmon, fish of the day, avocado), Crispy Fish Tacos, Korean Tacos, Pacific Tacos, Kanaloa Taco Sampler, Salmon Burger, Fishwich, Tuna Melt (substitute veggie burger) and Fish Sticks. Call 966-5159 or visit

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In the last 6 months Haggen bought 5 local Vons and Albertsons Markets then promptly filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to close more than 100 stores in California and Nevada. The Bellingham, Washington-based company has announced plans to sell some of its newly acquired stores to Smart & Final and Gelson’s Markets. Smart & Final is interest in acquiring the former Vons at 850 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria and the former Albertsons at 3943 State Street. No word yet if Gelson’s will expand their local presence.